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Karl Marx and Jenny Marx

Karl Marx and Jenny Marx

LECTURE COURSE OF MARX’S ‘CAPITAL’

Capitalism and Cultural StudiesProfessor John Hutnyk

Tuesday evenings from January 8, 2013 – 5pm-8pm Goldsmiths Room RHB 309. Free – all welcome. 

No fee (unless, sorry, you are doing this for an award – and that, friends, is Willetts’ fault – though the Labour Party have a share of the blame too). 

This course involves a close reading of Karl Marx’s Capital (Volume One). 90 minute lectures, 60 minutes discussion 

The connections between cultural studies and critiques of capitalism are considered in an interdisciplinary context (cinema studies, anthropology, musicology, international relations, and philosophy) which reaches from Marx through to Film Studies, from ethnographic approaches to Heidegger, from anarchism and surrealism to German critical theory and poststructuralism/post-colonialism/post-early-for-christmas. Topics covered include: alienation, commodification, production, technology, education, subsumption, anti-imperialism, anti-war movement and complicity. Using a series of illustrative films (documentary and fiction) and key theoretical texts (read alongside the text of Capital), we examine contemporary capitalism as it shifts, changes, lurches through its very late 20th and early 21st century manifestations – we will look at how cultural studies copes with (or does not cope with) class struggle, anti-colonialism, new subjectivities, cultural politics, media, virtual and corporate worlds. 

Details at: http://www.gold.ac.uk/cultural-studies/calendar/?id=4966 or http://universityforstrategicoptimism.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/ufso-vs-goldsmiths-cultural-studies-and-capitalism/        

The lectures/seminars begin on Tuesday 8th January 2013 between 5 and 8pm and will run for 10 weeks (with a week off in the middle) in the Richard Hoggart Building (Room tbc), Goldsmiths College. You are required to bring their own copy of the Penguin, International Publishers/Progress Press of German editions of Karl Marx Capital Vol I. We are reading about 100 pages a week. (Please don’t get tricked into buying the abridged English edition/nonsense!) 

Note: The Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths took a decision to make as many as possible of its lecture series open to the public without fee. Seminars, essays, library access etc remain for sale. Still, here is a chance to explore cultural studies without getting into debt. The classes are MA level, mostly in the day – though in spring the Capital course is early tuesday evening. We usually run 10 week courses. Reading required will be announced in class, but preliminary reading suggestions can also be found by following the links. RHB means main building of Goldsmiths – Richard Hoggart Building. More info on other free events from CCS here: http://hutnyk.wordpress.com/what-is-to-be-done/  

Also: http://hutnyk.wordpress.com/centre-for-cultural-studies/what-is-to-be-done/

 

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